Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Brownies' Book


Du Bois had long worried that African American children had no place to turn in the mainstream media for stories about members of their race. With most of the children’s literature of the day produced by white authors for white children, Du Bois wanted to offer an alternative: a magazine written by black authors for black children. 
In January 1920 the first issue of The Brownies' Book was produced by Du Bois and Dill, publishers, and made available to subscribers at $1.50 a year or 0.15 an issue.

The Library of Congress' Rare Book and Special Collections Division provides online access to all but the last issue of the Brownies' Book. Or one can choose to download the available issues as one large PDF file (351MB).

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